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For Canadians – OneMatch:

Canadian Blood Services’ OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network is a program dedicated to recruiting healthy, committed volunteer donors for patients in need of stem cells. OneMatch also conducts searches for matched, unrelated donors for patients; ensures donors are healthy and able to donate; and coordinates the collection and delivery of stem cells in Canada and around the world.

Fewer than 30 per cent of patients who need stem cell transplants are able to find a match within their own families. The rest rely on the generosity of a donor who has volunteered to give stem cells to anyone in need.

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For Asian Americans – A3M:

A3M’s mission is to improve the health and welfare of all people by providing education and assistance while facilitating prompt access to potential marrow and blood cell donors.
A3M’s goal is to serve patients in need of matching marrow donors who could potentially save their lives by coordinating donor recruitment drives to increase and diversify the Be the Match registry.
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For Americans – Be The Match:

The National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP) and our Be The Match Foundation® are nonprofit organizations dedicated to creating an opportunity for all patients to receive the bone marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant they need, when they need it.
Every year, thousands of people of all ages are diagnosed with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases. Many of them will die unless they get a bone marrow or cord blood transplant from a matching donor. Seventy percent of people do not have a donor in their family and depend on our Be The Match Registry® to find a match to save their life.

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For Residents of Hong Kong – Hong Kong Bone Marrow Donor Registry:

In 1991, sixteen-month-old Gordon Wu, a Chinese Canadian, was urgently in need of bone marrow transplantation to treat a serious blood disease. Since no suitable donor could be found within his family or among unrelated donors world-wide, his parents brought him to Hong Kong to launch the “Save Little Gordon” campaign. Since then, the Hong Kong Marrow Match Foundation (“HKMMF”) was established. The campaign has raised tremendous public awareness about bone marrow donation and within a few weeks, about 13,000 people registered for bone marrow donation. This was the world’s first all-Chinese bone marrow donor registry. Hitherto, HKMMF has recruited over 50,000 donors and coordinated about 250 bone marrow transplantations.

Starting from 1 September 2005, the HKMMF will focus its effort predominantly on bone marrow transplantation research and public education. It will continue to liaise with international bone marrow registries and assist patients who require bone marrow transplantation. On the same date, the HKMMF will transfer the management of the donor data to the Hong Kong Red Cross (“HKRC”). The latter will also set up a new registry called the Hong Kong Bone Marrow Donor Registry (“HKBMDR”). Both HKMMF and HKRC have appointed the Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service (“BTS”), which is operated by the Hospital Authority, as their agent to access and use the donor data in the HKMMF and the HKBMDR. The BTS will perform the bone marrow services previously provided by the HKMMF. These services include managing and operating the HKMMF and HKBMDR, providing tissue typing for both patients and donors, and other related services.

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